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18 August, 2017

New courses and free workshops

Countering Violent Extremism & Crafting a Story: two free workshops from the Corsham Institute on Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September at the NUJ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB will show journalists how to counter radical ideologies that lead to violent acts and how to present stories in a powerful way. More information and how to reserve your place can be found on the NUJ website.

Free trade union training: check the events page on the website for new and changed dates, plus our new Developing Confidence course, for members and reps who would like to improve their communication skills and confidence. NUJ trade union training provides reps with information to help them in their role, provides employment law updates and has courses in health and safety, organising and recruitment, plus how to deal with bullying and harassment.

Professional training: courses on copyright, freedom of information requests and media law can be found on the NUJ website.

NUJ Training Scotland: whether it is social media, filming for i-devices, feature writing and pitching, writing for the web or Adobe Photoshop introduction, there are plenty of training opportunities listed on the Scottish training website, including online courses.

NUJ Training Wales: there are courses on mentoring and coaching, filming and editing on an iPhone/iPad, surviving and thriving as a freelance, and strategic communications. NUJ Training Wales also holds special theme-based events. The full list of courses and dates can be found on the Welsh training website.

Free workshops: sign on at the Federation of Entertainment Unions' training website and as a member of the NUJ you will be able to join a range of courses, including how to: deal with setbacks; keep motivated as a freelance; market your work; improve your time management; and write a killer cv. More details and how to book are on the FEU website.

The General Federation of Trade Unions in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Newman University, Birmingham has developed two courses – Learning to Teach in Trade Union Education: ideas and methods and The Principles and Practice of Effective Trade Union Education – to help support and develop union members in their roles as educators.  You can find out more about the courses and how to apply on the GFTU flier.

Mental Health First Aid Lite: this free course in Newcastle on Monday 25 September is an introductory course for trade union reps and members which looks at common mental health issues, how to support people in distress and how to look after your own mental health.To book your place  email Helen Parry More information on the TUC website.

The Association of British Science Writers is holding a day-long media law course on Monday 25 September in London, covering: libel; copyright; privacy and confidentiality; data protection; and media regulation. More details of the day and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.

Support for freelances

Tax talk for freelances: this free event for freelance members of the Manchester and Salford NUJ on Monday 4 September from 18.30 - 21.00 at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS will discuss latest government proposals for changes to tax and national insurance and provide practical advice on accounting. There will be plenty of time to ask questions. Details of speakers and how to reserve your place can be found on the NUJ website.

Finance for Freelances: as a member of the NUJ you are eligible for the Federation of Entertainment Unions training programme, including this one-day course full of tips, discussion and practical exercises which  will help you understand, organise and plan your finances, from  10.30-16.30 on Wednesday 27 September at Equity, Guild House, Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9EG. More information and how to book on the FEU website.

Freelance Salon, Cardiff: Diversity to Succeed is an NUJ workshop on Saturday 4 November from 9:30 -14.00 at the Radisson Blu, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FL, which will explore ways of diversifying to make journalism pay. Freelance speakers will share their experience of operating in a media industry that offers a wealth of new opportunities. If you are freelance and would like an injection of exciting new ideas or you are considering a freelance career this event is not to be missed. Find out more on the NUJ Training Wales website.


Let's talk digital: the Perth and District NUJ branch is hosting an evening of discussion about using social media in the digital age with Nicola Martin of the Red String agency at 18.00 on Thursday 31 August at The Venue, 38 St John Street, Perth. The event is for NUJ members and non-members and more details can be found on the NUJ website.

Belonging: this film looks at the disputes at News International in 1986, the Post Office in Stoke-on-Trent and the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland. All share a common thread of a threat to workers’ rights, democracy and a sense of belonging. List of screenings in UK. The film is available for screenings at trade union events and branch meetings, more information on the Belonging website. And you can read the review.

Suicide and mental health in the media: members of the Somerset media are invited to a free workshop, with expert speakers, on suicide and mental health on Friday 15 September from 11.00 to 13.00 at the Taunton Conference Centre, Somerset College, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5AX. More information and how to register can be found on the Eventbrite website.

Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign is holding a Death of Justice rally to mark the first year anniversary of Amber Rudd's shocking decision not to hold any form of inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave where 95 miners were beaten up, fitted up and locked up on Tuesday 31 October at 17.30 in Sheffield. More details on the TUC website.

Competition for women journalists

Cassandra Jardine Prize 2017: this competition in memory of Telegraph writer Cassandra Jardine is open to women aged 18 to 25. Entrants should submit a feature article of between 1,500 and 2,000 words on any subject of their choice – an interview, a piece of commentary, or an investigation. The winner, announced in October, will receive £1,000 and there are two runners-up prizes of £300. Entries should be sent to cassandrajardineprize@ by Saturday 30 September. Read more about the prize in The Telegraph.

Support student journalism

Students from Falmouth University and the University of Exeter are aiming to raise £2,000 to carry on printing monthly editions of The Falmouth Anchor, Cornwall's only student newspaper.  You can help them by contributing on their crowdfunding site. You can check out their website   and Facebook page.

NUJ News

The NUJ has called on the press watchdog IPSO to carry out an investigation into the prevalence of Islamophobia and racism espoused by the British press, following Trevor Kavanagh's column in the Sun newspaper which referred to gangs of Pakistani men attacking white girls as "The Muslim Problem". Hot on the heels of the publication of BBC stars' salaries, which revealed that women and black and Asian staff were getting paid less than white men, the FT Group chapel called on its management to put its money where its mouth was following a recent leader which argued that “women are right to be angry at the pay gap”. Data provided by the managing editor showed the gender gap for most UK FT journalists is nearly 13 per cent, the widest it has been in a decade.  Newsquest's owner Gannett UK made a profit after tax of £44.81 million in 2016. This compares with the company's paper loss of £178 million in 2015. Newsquest Media Group made an operating profit of £31.2 million in 2016, turning round a restated £47.2 million loss previously. Cash-strapped staff on its titles also learned that chief executive Henry Faure Walker was paid £479,746 in 2016, plus £16,925 pension payments. Using these figures (and not including bonus payments or shares) the NUJ calculated that his "hourly rate" for his job was £254. Johnston Press journalists are protesting about understaffing and the company's pay freeze as Ashley Highfield, chief executive, said JP had posted a revenue growth (excluding classifieds) of 4.6 per cent during the half year. Séamus Dooley, acting general secretary, paid a warm tribute to Andy Needham, who died unexpectedly at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Andy, a former chair of the NUJ's Dublin P&PR branch served as a member of the Irish executive council and Séamus said "his untimely death deprives the UNHCR of a powerful advocate for the rights of refugees".

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